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This App Will Change Your Life

Making vectors, especially of complex patterns or drawings, can be pretty intimidating sometimes. I know for me, there have been so many instances where I’ve been discouraged from designing with analog anything solely because I didn’t want to go through the hassle of vectorizing it.

The Adobe Capture CC app was a game-changer though. *cue angels singing*

Using your phone’s camera, it turns photos into vector shapes, color themes, patterns, materials, and even brushes. It’s an extremely powerful tool that automates some pretty time-consuming processes.


In my opinion, the mobile app enables users to be designers all the time. Here’s what I mean: There have been so many moments where I’ll admire the colors in the sky or a patch of flowers on the side of the road. Instead of simply passing the scene by, I’ll pull out my phone to have Adobe Capture make color swatches that I can use in the future. The app syncs up with your Creative Cloud account, so anything you create can get sent directly to their desktop or laptop. It’s pretty great.

(Above shows how the app can take a simple drawing, vectorize it, and send it directly to your desktop via Creative Cloud)

Adobe Capture CC enables you to turn your design-driven thinking into action.



  1. Bianca Panyanouvong wrote:

    Thank you for sharing this Lauren! I haven’t heard of this app so I’m definitely going to check it out. It’s wonderful to have tools like these to make our complex work more efficient.

    Friday, October 20, 2017 at 8:14 am | Permalink
  2. Abigail West wrote:

    This seems good, but at the same time it seems like it might have its limits… like, my phone has a fairly low-quality camera, so it wouldn’t capture the colors very well for creating the color swatches. It also seems to function a lot like Illustrator’s image trace, which has its faults. Of course, I don’t know– maybe it’s way better than image trace. It’s worth looking into!

    Friday, October 20, 2017 at 1:08 pm | Permalink
  3. Maryam Nozary wrote:

    I love this app so much! It’s super helpful when transferring your ink to the computer in a vector form. I do wish that they could capture color or have another app that will allow for that but in the meantime, this app is amazing and if you’re paying for the creative cloud you might as well download it and give it a try! I bet this works amazing with the new iPhones!

    Friday, October 20, 2017 at 2:22 pm | Permalink
  4. Nicole Judge wrote:

    This is really cool! I love these types of apps. Just recently, I found out there’s an app that can add images to your CC library by just taking a photo of it on your phone! I think these apps are a big help to designers and I love experimenting with them.

    Friday, October 27, 2017 at 7:23 am | Permalink